•   
  •   

MoneyCES 2019: The future of phones is... foldable?

02:55  13 january  2019
02:55  13 january  2019 Source:   inews.co.uk

Xiaomi might build a three-panel foldable phone

Xiaomi might build a three-panel foldable phone Don't look now, but Samsung's foldable phone might already be old hat. 

In brief. Royole's FlexPai smartphone provided a strange vision of the future . Announcements were thin on the ground ahead of MWC in February. While CES , the world’s largest tech show , is not renowned for its smartphone announcements

Unless you're (for some reason) a fan of personal cinema headsets, you almost certainly haven't heard of Royole. That 's OK -- founder and CEO Bill Liu

CES 2019: The future of phones is... foldable? © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd

While CES, the world's largest tech show, is not renowned for its smartphone announcements, this year's show kickstarted the industry's interest in what's to come for the year ahead.

The majority of phone makers will either be waiting for this year's Mobile World Congress (MWC) at the end of February or holding their own individual launch events, but the handful of phones exhibited in Las Vegas focused on the forthcoming arrival of 5G.

Samsung confirmed it was planning to hold a launch event for the expected Galaxy S10 on 20 February, but also showed off a prototype of one of its 5G phones ahead of its sale date in the summer.

Intel demos first Lakefield chip design using its 3D stacking architecture

Intel demos first Lakefield chip design using its 3D stacking architecture The Foveros era at Intel is approaching

We were hoping to get more information on Samsung’s foldable phone at CES 2019 , and Samsung did not disappoint us. While speaking DT’s editor-in-chief

At CES , though, the company is showing off production models that actually work pretty well. There's a very specific kind of joy that manifests when you unfold a At this point, it seems pretty clear that the future of smartphone is packing ever bigger displays into ever smaller bodies, and Liu believes

Video: Galaxy S10, 5G and foldable phones make news at CES 2019 (CNET)

Although the handset bears an extremely close resemblance to Samsung's current models, it is among the first 5G phones from a major vendor. Chipmaker Qualcomm also displayed 5G-enabled prototypes from Chinese brands Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi on its booth - with the catch they're all primarily for the Chinese market.

Chinese phone brand Royole caused a fuss with its foldable smartphone, the FlexPai. Currently on sale in China for 8,999 yuan, or around £1,020, the handset unfolds into a 7.8-inch tablet and is built to withstand more than 200,000 bends. While its build quality does not quite match that of the more established phone makers, its exhibition is significant insofar as Royole has managed to leapfrog Samsung, which confirmed it was working on a folding device back in November.

The world's first real foldable phone is rough around the edges

The world's first real foldable phone is rough around the edges Unless you're (for some reason) a fan of personal cinema headsets, you almost certainly haven't heard of Royole. 

In this Video, #AmitBhawani shows you the Royole Felxpai - the world's first #FoldableSmartphone from CES 2019 . With the foldable /bendable display, the

The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas has never traditionally been a place where major phone Rokit is a new smartphone startup making a big debut at CES , funded in part by billionaire John Royole beat out huge companies like Samsung and LG to bring us what may be the future of

CES 2019: The future of phones is... foldable? © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd People watch an immersive video introduction to Qualcomm 5G technology at the Las Vegas Convention Centre (Photo: DAVID MCNEW/AFP/Getty Images)

BlackBerry chief executive John Chen didn't mince his words when he told i that while the brand's smartphone legacy has high "emotional value," smart devices are "more important." While Chinese phone maker TCL continues to release handsets under the BlackBerry brand, the company has increasingly focused on selling security software in recent years - hardly surprising given its global market share had fallen to less than 0.0 per cent by 2017.

Expect more information from Samsung around the availability of its flexy phone on 20 February, and plenty more 5G phone announcements during and after MWC, before the next iPhone launch in early September.

Rhiannon Williams is reporting from CES in Las Vegas

Samsung confirms foldable phone will launch in the first half of the year

Samsung confirms foldable phone will launch in the first half of the year The best thing coming out of CES 2019 might be a product that regular mortals don’t get to see, and that’s because Samsung showcased a Galaxy F prototype to clients behind closed doors. 

We got a chance to check out Royole's FlexPai foldable phone late last year, but we got an updated look at CES 2019 . This year could be the year of the

" 2019 is the perfect blend of consumer interest in this technology and technology advancements," said Suzanne de Silva, director of product marketing The foldable Galaxy phone could similarly drag the rest of the industry into this area. Beyond Samsung and Huawei, handset makers at the show talked

Gallery: CES 2019: A look at some of the most innovative products from the event (Picture Services)


Motorola might bring the sexy back with a foldable Razr phone this February.
Remember the Moto Razr? The iconic flip phone, which was released first in 2004, defined 'sexy' in the gadget world well before the iPhone was a thing. Now, according to a report from Wall Street Journal, Motorola is planning to bring it back in a new foldable avatar. Just know that you might have to shell out around $1,500 to get your hands on it. According to the report, Motorola’s parent company, Lenovo, is partnering with network provider Verizon to launch these devices in the US. We might get a glimpse of the foldable Razr phone as soon as February. However, the final release might be set for a later date.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

This is interesting!